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PACT video support

Hello Student Teachers and Interns (and Seminar Instructors)!


Please read this important information about making your video for the PACT or Preliminary Teaching Event.

There are several types of support available:

1)  Camera Checkout

The Secondary Education Department has video cameras ONLY for candidates who are making a video for a PACT or Preliminary Teaching Event. Some use mini-DVD's while others use memory cards.  You can also check out a wireless microphone.  You can keep this equipment for two consecutive days.  You are also welcome to use a non-department camera; however, the technical support that we can give may be more limited.  

2)  PACT Video Orientation Sessions

Five identical Orientation sessions, all meeting in ED 1214-1216, have been scheduled as follows:

Friday, September 23               5:00 – 6:00 pm

Monday, September 26            2:00 – 3:00 pm

Tuesday, September 27            4:00 – 5:00 pm

Wednesday, September 28       5:00 6:00 pm

Friday, September 30               2:00 3:00 pm

If you have never attended a PACT Video Orientation, it is important that you attend one of these!  The Orientation Session will explain how to download your video and compress it so that it is ready for uploading to TaskStream and will offer tips for shooting video.  These sessions are intended to orient you BEFORE you begin your Teaching Event, so they are demonstrations, not hands-on labs. 

3)  Hands-On Seminar Support

Most likely, your seminar instructor will reserve a computer lab for one or more seminar sessions, on a date when you are expected to have already shot your video.  On this night, you will receive technology assistance for downloading, compressing, and uploading to TaskStream.  It is important for you to have your video clips shot and selected by this date so that you can take advantage of the assistance! 

4)  Walk-In Emergency Help

Walk-in lab sessions with assistance available have been scheduled near the due dates for the PACT and Preliminary Teaching Events.  Do NOT count on using these last-minute labs as your sole source of video support!  These sessions are intended as EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE for candidates who have attended an Orientation Session and attempted to compress and upload their video clips in the hands-on seminar session but are still experiencing technical problems.  These sessions will be held on:

Friday, October 28                 2:00 – 5:00 pm            ED 2117

Friday, November 18              1:00 – 5:00 pm            ED 2117   

Friday, December 9                2:00 – 5:00 pm            ED 2117

5)  Student Computer Lab

Room 2115A is reserved for student computer use.  Some Macs in 2115A have the ImToo Software for compressing video shot on mini-DVDs, and all PCs have the Free Video2iPod software for video shot on the Canon FS200.  Directions for using these programs are posted on the computers that have it (and covered during the Orientation Session) and are demonstrated in a video posted at:

 6)  SED PACT Website

Much information about making your video, including instructions for shooting and converting video for many different models of camcorders, can be found at:

What Not To Do!!

·      Much of the support listed above comes courtesy of the college’s IT Department.  We greatly appreciate this extra work they do to help you with your PACT videos.  Unfortunately, the IT Department cannot provide individual assistance to you.  Please DO NOT contact the IT Department directly about matters concerning PACT or Preliminary Teaching Event videos.  

·      Also, do not shoot video in any classroom until you have secured video consent forms from the students. If you are teaching in LAUSD, please use the form specifically for LAUSD.  Consent forms are available on the SED PACT Website:

I know that the video can be the most logistically problematic part of the Teaching Event for many candidates.  If you take advantage of the support described here, you should be successful.  I wish you the best on your PACT or Preliminary Teaching Event!

Julie Gainsburg,PACT Coordinator, Secondary Education Department,